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CONTENTS 4 Feeding the Fire 8 Hare and Hounds Enduro 12 The Wife, the Tiger and Me 16 Husqvarna TE250R and TE310R 20 Far Horizons 21 An Idiot Got Bored 22 News from MAG 24 Cancervive Charity Motorcycle Run 26 Project TDR Part 2 28 Diary of a New Rider 30 Get Dirty with SEB 32 Rapid Rob Guiver 36 South East Events


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COVER IMAGE: Sam Coventry of FutureMoto Racing

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Well, it had to happen eventually…a decent summer. It took a while to get going, but a good couple of months of warm, dry weather meant most bike events across the South East took place as planned and there have been plenty of opportunities for that sunday ride to the coast or after work jaunt. We even mangaged to join a charity ride for Cancervive on a lovely late summer’s day, a first for us. It’s also been a terrific season for British motorcycle sport. Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding have been outstanding this year, banging in performances that put riders on better equipped bikes to shame. British and World Superbikes have been highly competitive with Tom Sykes, Shakey Byrne and the Lowes twins all running at the front of their classes. Great to hear the National Anthem played so consistently. One rider who has really caught our eye is speedway star Tai Woffinden. This colourful 23 year old is currently leading the world championship and really is a fantastically exciting rider to watch. Check him out if you get a chance. We reckon he will help raise the profile of this action packed sport. In issue 29 we review the Fireblade and a pair of Husqvarnas, Sandy Caulfield writes of the trials and tribulations of obtaining a bike licence and Mark Stone takes his Tiger to some of the more unexplored areas of Europe. Project TDR is looking good with Neil Allen filling us in on its progress and we catch up with local rider Rapid Rob Guiver. Our cover photo is young local rider Sam Coventry. After featuring him a couple of issues ago we popped along to Brands to watch the Powerbikes in which he featured prominently. The BMRC series provides superb entertainment and is one of the vital breeding grounds for the next generation of road racers. If you have the chance, take the family along for a brilliant day of bike racing where you can wander around the pits and chat to the riders. Hopefully in issue 30 we will be reporting on some new British World Champions in two wheeled sport. Exciting times! All the best Nick Tunstill

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Earlier this summer Debbie Tunstill got the chance to ride the 2012 Honda Fireblade by Mark at Superbike Rental. Of course the Honda had to be in the iconic Repsol colours of the MotoGP team.


t was a sunny and lovely warm spring day when Nick and I went around the Essex ccountryside, but not on our own bikes, we had a choice. When you ride around the area you live, you tend to take it for granted, so it was nice to ride around somewhere new, on roads we did not know. The Essex countryside is so pretty with great lanes for testing out a sports bike. I had always written off the Honda Fireblade as a potential bike for me. I thought it would be too big and heavy. Well, was I wrong? The new Honda is light enough for me to be able to move it around comfortably and it has quite a slim tank so, if you are small, you don’t feel swamped. Nick and I travelled around the county making sure we put it through its paces through towns, filtering through traffic and opening it up on the bypasses. What I really like about the Honda Fireblade is that whatever we were doing it was happy. It


didn’t feel sulky in slow traffic, as other sports bikes I have ridden. When I thought of opening the throttle it felt like the bike had read my mind and picked up instantly. South East Biker Magazine •

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wanted an Yamaha R1, she tested the Honda and that was it. Sarah is now the proud owner of the Repsol Honda Fireblade, bought from Dobles in Coulsdon, whom she recommended highly. She couldn’t stop smiling when she was out on it a few weeks ago. At the end of the day, I didn’t want to give the Honda back and that for me was a big thing being that I am such a Suzuki fan. The Honda Fireblade is around £11,600 for the standard model and with ABS £12,200. There is a choice of three colours; Vibrant Orange (Repsol), Ross White tri colour and Graphite/Black. October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

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RORE Round 3, Three Hour H&H Enduro & Round 4 Southern Centre H & H Championships at Rogershill Raceway. By Rich T of

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double header championship Enduro/ Hare and Hounds at the renowned Rogershill Raceway in Dorset has been a very much anticipated event. So Rogershill’s very own Enduro Guru Danny Hall decided to try and make the loop very different from the norm and the end result was 6 miles that had 3 separate woods, 2 MX sections, extreme routes, and acres of fast open fields and more and really did incorporate the 3 disciplines of MX/Trials and Enduro and really was spectator friendly. Expert Class is a mix of Championship Riders and Expert Riders and due to the Double Header it will not show a true race 8

result in reflection to the Southern Centre Championship but being the mere mortal I am do not have the brains or patience to try and work it out!! EXPERT CLASS From the start Si Wakely shot off like a scalded cat and had a commanding lead by the end of lap 1 and, true to his race craft, upped and slowed his pace in a very professional controlled manner to take victory. Runner up and Wakely’s close friend was Bradley King who really pulled out all the stoppers to hang on to the dust of Si. His commitment and application were the best I have personally witnessed and a great spectacle for all to see. Third

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ENDURO and very well matched against Bradley was the imposing figure of Tyson Maytom Jones, who had a great start and a good race pace but dropped a bit of time. Fourth was local favourite Stan Watt

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VETERAN CLASS Andy Claxton has hardly ridden this year due to work and personal commitments, but today showed what a class act he can be when confidence is high. The knock on effect is so noticeable and at times he looked so relaxed he made it look easy with the fastest lap in class. Runner up was Jim Hawkins, who equalled Claxton on laps completed and looked equally as happy with conditions and the fast nature of loop. He was also the happiest I have seen him over the jumps and he can now qualify for his pilot’s licence! Third was Tom Moore, who seemed to pace himself well today and had his race head on. He seemed to up his game at the halfway point and just missed out on the extra lap, but has definitely got his appetite back for the sport that’s for sure. Paul Simpson finished fourth. CLUBMAN A CLASS Not sure where Mike Pratt hailed from but what a great race he gave series class leader Tony Revell and, with their quite opposite styles, was a great spectacle. Mike being the faster more aggressive on the MX sections whereas Tony excelled in the woods and nadgery sections. Lap times were so close it came down to the wire and, due to the Championship, Tony knows points make prizes so did not want throw that away. So runners up spot for him and victory to Mike, 3rd Alan Stringer whom was the most consistent rider in class lap after lap from my angle and is very much the complete enduro rider 4th and not a million miles behind was the imposing figure of Graham Reid who very much gelled with the circuit. CLUBMAN B CLASS Lee Howarth was winner of this class with a great start, showing pace and physical fitness but his very aggressive, entertaining style of riding did cause him to overshoot and mistime a few corners. Runner up was Nathan Baggot, putting pressure on but Lee responded with his last lap being the fastest, 3rd and last year’s Sportsman winner was Paul Gentle who has made great strides in his progression, despite his self confessed hatred for jumps. I do hope he goes up to Clubman A . SPORTSMAN CLASS Very much the year for Daniel Dicker, who has dominated many races over the season and has made huge leaps forward in progression. I predict a Clubman B Champion next year and would like to see him pushed to get the best out of him. Runner up was Scott Beeching who was the yoyo of the class today, with moments of brilliance and consistency followed by madness and mayhem. That’s the wonder of youthfulness and very much the showman at times. Third, and the elder statesman on the podium was also Mr Consistent of the class Steve Curtis who actually got a bit quicker in the closing stages which is a great testament to his fitness, 4th Matt Dibble. 10

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es I know that a lot of blokes think I’m mad “what, you take the wife on the back?” Well sorry lads that’s the way it is, in the last ten years we have covered tens of thousands of miles, and believe it or not, very few arguments. After scouting around the tour companies and chatting to a good friend John Collyer, we decided it was to be Croatia via Slovenia, France, Germany, Austria and returning through Italy. I had a chat with Alastair McFarlane of MCI Tours at Excel who came up with the goods. A group tour over two weeks, from Calais, down the Dalamation coast to Dubrovnik. Then ferry to Ancona, Italy and back through the Mont Blanc tunnel. The next quest was the bike, after having both my hips replaced I’d been running around on a new 650 V Strom, well with the luggage and the wife, maybe a bit under powered. It had to be a trailie but with plenty of power. After scanning the web and the dealers, I stumbled across a six-year old Tiger 955i with 4,000 miles on the clock, at a reasonable price.


I’d always liked the 955i, shame they discontinued a well proven bike. A couple of new tyres, chain and sprockets and a quick service and we are good to go. The tour was booked for August, so hopefully not a lot of rain. The day had come, Sunday 4th August 4am, bike loaded, passports, insurance breakdown cover, money etc, all the last minute panic things. The last thing I needed was riding half way to Dover and something vital missing..(yes, Carole was on board). It was the perfect ride, there’s nothing like riding at daybreak, with the whole road to yourself. Time for a quick chat at the gate, then on the 6am ferry for breakfast with the group. A nice assortment of bikes; 800 Tigers, BMW GS’s couple of Multistradas and a Gold Wing etc. Time for a team brief with Alastair then we are off. We decided to ride with John to Saarbrucken in Germany – around 376 miles, a great ride with temperatures around 27ºC, quite a bit of motorway but needs must if it gets you there, and that part of France is a bit bland anyway. October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

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Originally built in 1566 by the Ottomans, over the Neretva river, the bridge became an iconic part of the war when the Croats took it out with around 60 shells in November ‘93. Something that the Bosnians prayed would never happen. Now fully rebuilt it stands as a shining example of Bosnian heritage and architecture. On leaving Mostar, my sat nav decided to have a major dysfunction, (annoying and slightly worrying) the mapping in Bosnia is not brilliant, and my Collins road map is not the best either. We ended up in an industrial estate and had to ask a local, who said, “You don’t want to go back via Opuzen it’s far too busy, go over the mountains and head north, it’s a much better ride”. Ok, so we headed for the pass, slowly climbing to about 1,000 feet. The views were fantastic, and at that height I could see the sea, so I just needed to head west. We passed through some of the newly built villages and retail parks and on towards the border, back in to Croatia, and arrived in Split in time for dinner. Split is one of the oldest cities in the area, built around 1,700 years ago. It’s a transport hub between the islands in the Adriatic and the Apennine Peninsular. A great mixture of old and new buildings, and a new marina to the north. At 6pm we head for the ferry, a 10-hour night crossing to Ancona in Italy. After a two-hour fiasco loading 1 car and 1 lorry at a time, then the bikes, they preceded to tie bits of string to things like mirrors and brake levers, (no chance). Luckily I had chucked a ratchet strap in my top box just in case, we all helped to tie down properly and settled down for the night. Another great ride in the morning up through Tuscany to Montecatini via some of the Chianti villages. The scenery again is totally different, quiet roads with perfectly groomed trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Montacatini is a well known spa town, about 50 miles north of Florence. Very upmarket and dusted with only the best dressed Italians in the bars and restaurants. The next day we decided to have a nose round the area, and ended up in Pisa. Parking the bike was really easy, and despite hundreds of tourists, it was reasonably easy to move around. (I’m sure that tower will get to a certain angle and just fall over) The ride from Montacatini is around 330 miles of Autostrada, through countless tunnels, not at all bad for a motorway trip, all the way up the west 14

coast to the Mont Blanc tunnel, then on to Scionzier. The road drops down forever into the Alps, miles of alpine villages and snow capped mountains. The tunnel is well organised now after the fire, they are 100% on safety, 70 kph and a spacing of 150m between vehicles. Break the rules and it’s a ticket, (no exceptions) there are lasers and cameras wall to wall. It’s quite a bit of motorway now as we head on to Metz, just really an overnight stop before the last 300 miles back to Calais, (and that was in the rain!!) luckily it was sunday morning so the traffic was not too bad. By the time we got to Calais it was sunny and dry. I spent most of the time on the upper deck wondering what the traffic in Dover was going to be like. All in all it was a great trip, the bike performed superbly, and not one complaint from the wife, the organisation, route planning and flexibility created by Alastair and Fiona was second to none, I can’t thank them enough, if you want total satisfaction and a worry free trip, find them at October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

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n doing so Andrew discovers a land and two countries that feature a number of different divides – political, national, cultural and geographical. The early chapters describe the minimal planning that took place and the doubts that hit him when he begins his journey, finding his motorcycle impounded by US Customs, but then gradually transform with the release of the bike into a classic road trip as he delves down the Appalachians into Alabama, meeting kindred spirits from the biking world on the way and warming mile by mile into a deep appreciation of the splendour of the landscape and

the warmth of the inhabitants. Later into the journey he travels through the First Nation reservations and looks into the history surrounding the demise of the Great Plains culture, describing the victory of the Sioux and their allies at Little Bighorn then the massacre at Wounded Knee, meeting descendants of those involved. 
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there, he will have finally found out what the ‘Great Divide’ really is. This book has been a pleasure to read from start to finish. Lets face it, all true motorcyclists would love to undertake a four month epic adventure such as this but unfortunately finances and the dreaded work commitments will not allow for most. The author takes you round North America with him. Meeting all aspects of American and Canadian life and its great characters. This is a well written book by a ‘normal’ motorcyclist , whimsical at times and harrowing at others. Andrew obviously did much research prior to his tour and no doubt much after too when writing this book. He certainly headed to every place I would have if I had done this. I learned so much about the American culture from the Native American Indians, the vast beautiful countryside, city culture and of course the Sturgis nightlife. It is written in such a matter of fact way like one buddy telling another of his adventures over a beer. Thanks Andrew, lets hope this isn’t the last. Available for £10 from Troubadour publishing


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A former British Army soldier’s 25,000 kilometre journey to South Africa on two wheels started in Blindley Heath. By Kevin Black

pass through some hostile areas as he journeys down the west coast of Africa. Will, who lived in Surrey and was a back stage member of the touring Extreme Stunt Show, will be astride a 10 year old four stroke, 125cc Suzuki Van Van which has already clocked up 12,000 miles. Will accepts that the west coast of Africa could be fraught with danger but is confident of arriving in Johannesburg in February to enjoy a beer and a steak. On his epic trip he will be sleeping in a two berth tent and eating as much local food as possible although there are Army rations among the kit on his motorbike. If you want to donate to Will’s ride to South Africa see www.bmycharity. com/LondontoJohannesburg or email him on You can follow his blog on anidiotgotbored. Photos by kevin black show Will being wished good luck for the long journey by Jonathan Stephens of The Biker Store; carrying out a last minute check on his equipment; and several Suzuki Van Van fans joined in as he set off for South Africa.


orty five year old London born Nottingham raised Will Moore left The Biker Store on the A22 — one of his sponsors — to begin seven months on the road to Johannesburg, a solo adventure which he hopes will raise around £15,000 for the Help For Heroes charity. Will, who served for seven years in the Logistics Corps, gained the rank of Lance Corporal and had tours of duty in Northern Ireland, plans to visit 19 countries and will

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In Spring this year, John Mitchell (wearing my South East Rep hat) had the wonderful/ mad/barking* (*delete as applicable) idea of restarting a rally that hadn’t appeared for a long time; the Lock Up Your Sheep rally. It used to be a pretty amazing affair by all accounts, regularly getting 500 people through the gate in the wilds of Kent and Sussex. By 2003, it was all gone and the region has been without a rally ever since.


ast-forward 10 years to Uckfield MAG’s meeting – for some mad reason, Mick (the rep) and the other members of the branch agreed it’d be a good idea to hold the rally. Originally, it was going to be a local affair for the first one; however, due to it being Lou (my better half), Mick, Eric (branch treasurer) and myself organising it, it became a regional one instead (as it used to be and will be in the future). Phil, the East Kent Rep, was drafted in to sort out the bands and he managed to drag together a good range of Ska and Classic Rock bands (half of the branch reps are scooterists). Also, Kent bands Blackshot 21 and Boneyard – both of which are becoming MAG favourites – headlined the evening slots. All the bands went down well, apart from one, which didn’t turn up – ah well, their loss. The location was Middle Farm, home of the


National Collection of Cider and Perry, which went down very well with everyone who turned up – as could be seen by the amount of cider barn carrier bags everyone brought on site (which was planned). Everyone at the farm was lovely and I hope we can go back there next year (yes there will be a next year). The longest distance travelled was 435 miles from Scotland! The rally was a success and we made a (small) profit, which is not bad for a first one. The marquee was supplied by Sussex Chopper Club, who came along on the Thursday and got the structure up in just over an hour; ably – or not – assisted by the MAG crew. Also, thanks to Brighton Uni for the stage, Clive and Chris from Boneyard who made sure we had lights and sound; and everyone who turned up to help from all over the region to lend a much-needed hand. Finally, thanks to Nick who supplied the PA. I hope you enjoy your Cider!! See you next year! John October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine


enrich the political debate. • The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is a volunteer • Throughout this evolution MAG has remained led riders’ rights organisation that has been faithful to its core principles of freedom of choice building in strength and diversity since 1973. and self - determination and the mantra “Education • MAG campaigns to protect and promote not legislation”. motorcycling and the interests and rights of all • Defend and Fight for Riders’ Rights riders, from learner to advanced. We celebrate • A single membership is just £25 a year, a tank of biking and the freedoms and independence it petrol for a touring bike. Not a big price to pay for provides, through our support of parties and rallies, to help those fighting to protect our freedoms and sport and competition, touring and travel. rights. • MAG is the representative voice of riders in Local and National government and passionately defends all that is good about biking, mobilising riders through a local and regional branch structure. • MAG is not aligned to ANY political party or ideology, our independance makes it possible for politicians and officials to work with us knowing that Food available from 9am to 11.30am. we do not have a partypolitical agenda. There will be the two minute silence at 11am. • MAG membership is drawn from across the Leaving the hotel at noon to arrive at whole spectrum of Lancing College for 12.30 when motorcycling. Whatever you ride MAG has Rev. Richard Harrison will say a something for you. few words before the wreath is • MAG can, and does make a difference. We work laid in the Memorial Garden. directly with politicians and civil servants, but still This is the 20th employ other forms of of the event direct action if necessary to ensure the rider’s voice and the 10th of is heard. laying the wreath • Since our humble of Remembrance at beginnings nearly 40 years ago, we have Lancing College. matured significantly and are respected We look forward to for our responsible, seeing all that attend. objective, informed contributions which

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Cancervive Charity Motorcycle Run Cancervive is a charity established to address the needs of anyone whose family or friends are cancer sufferers. We are here to provide a support network based upon our own personal experience at these difficult times.


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hen we at SEB were asked if we could help promote this event which is in its 5th year, we were only too happy to help. All of us are affected, whether directly or indirectly, at somepoint by cancer. So anything that can help the friends and families of those suffering from the disease will be a bonus. The ride took place on yet another of this summer’s beautiful days and took us around some of the wonderful and varied countryside that Sussex has to offer. Kick starting with a coffee from The Sportsman at Goddards Green, we left en masse at 11 and headed off towards Lewes and then Beachy Head via Eastbourne for a break at Birling Gap. A car park rammed with bikes certainly got the message across and many members of the public enquired as to 24

what we were up to. This gave us the opportunity to explain what the Cancervive does and how it works. After a tea break it was back to The Sportsman via the Downs and a splendid barbecue with live music on a lovely Sunday afternoon. All in all, a great event, whether you have passed your CBT the week before or a hardened track day nutter. The event raised £1672.21. The complete set of photos and video link can be found on the Cancervive Facebook page. Thanks to Colin and Sussex Motorbikes for helping to marshall everyone along the way. Put it in your diary for next year. It will probably be the first Sunday in September but check out the website for details of Cancervive’s activities and information about next year’s ride. October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

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PROJECT TDR PART 2 In the June/July issue of SEB Neil Allen had just taken on his first ever ‘project’, a Yamaha TDR 250. It had been sat unloved in a garage for years needing some TLC – and £300 saw it making its way to my garage.


fter taking note of what needed to be done, which parts were usable and what needed replacing after closer inspection — this is how the bike has progressed so far: One of the most obvious stumbling blocks was that the bike had no key! It seems the previous owner had just lost it, but after some investigating it looked like half of the previous key was wedged in the petrol cap. A mammoth effort to remove the ignition barrel meant we were able to send this off to a specialist, and have a new key cut to fit. Upon closer inspection it was little things like this that would add time and money into the rebuild. The list of what needed fixing or completely replacing seemed to tally up quickly, with the majority of the bodywork seemingly 26

damaged from a previous spill, and other parts of the bike not moving when they should, and vice versa. The idea for this project was to turn the TDR into a fun road bike and occasional track bike. Having previously raced in the Yamaha Past Masters championship on a TZR 250, I know that these engines are good fun and plenty capable of embarrassing some newer and bigger sportsbikes! With this as the plan and assessing the current state of the bike, there were a few things on my wishlist: New wheels, wider than standard — to accommodate some more suitable rubber, and hopefully something a little more aesthetic than the original rims that were currently on it, which hadn’t lasted so well over the years the bike had been laid up, A set of underslung exhausts, as opposed to the underseat ones that came as standard - Along with removing and adapting the damaged bodywork and anything else that would no longer be of use for a track bike. Having gathered all my information from the very helpful gang over at the owner’s forum of www., and the Yamaha Past Masters racers at

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RESTORATION PROJECT I managed to source a 3.50” rear wheel from an old model TZR 250 to replace the original 2.50” which would be able to slot in with a bit of tweaking, and a 2.75” front wheel from a TZR 125 R — replacing the 18 inch wheel, which would require a little more work to fit. The main issues were with the speedo drive, spindle size and bearings - and trying to measure what spacers would be needed to align the wheel. Thankfully trawling through Google seems to always come up with some solutions and once again came up trumps, recommending a company called ProjectionComponents. A day after ordering, the made to measure spacers came through the letterbox, a perfect fit and one more obstacle in the rebuild overcome. Great service! Fortunately I managed to scrounge some tyres from a TZR 250 racer - a pair of Bridgestone BT090’s that have had some slight wear, but plenty of life left in them to be used for my project. The rest of the front end has also had some attention, replacing the old fork oil, seals, a blue spot brake caliper from an R6 to replace the original caliper, along with adding a braided hose, and a new set of Renthal bars. As the top fairing of the bike was damaged and the mountings were cracked, I’d decided that this should completely go, meaning I’d have to find an alternative headlight arrangement. I didn’t want to fit one of the generic and tacky looking ‘streetfighter’ type headlights, instead opting for a simpler enduro style headlight that didn’t seem to look to out of place on the bike. With the fairing gone, this left all the clocks exposed and looking very bulky. Given the issue with fitting the speedo drive, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and invest

in a digital Vapor gauge unit. I’ve not had the chance to set this up yet but it looks like a great piece of technology with all sorts of bike information on it! Whilst the top fairing has gone, some of it has been cut and roughly shaped out for now (as seen in the picture, held on by some lovely yellow tape), just to keep some bodywork on the bike instead of being completely naked, and to not move too far from the original looks. My favourite addition to the bike so far are the exhausts, which have spent more time inside the house being admired than anywhere near the bike. A very knowledgeable chap who goes by the nickname of ‘Martin77’ from the owner’s forum is renowned for making these beautiful pipes at his home, and I was lucky enough to have a previous set on my TZR250 race bike. These exhausts are underslung, compared to the underseat exhausts that come as standard, look great, and will only enhance the two-stroke soundtrack of the bike. I have fitted a pair of silencers from a 1990 Yamaha TZ 250, and each complete exhaust comes in at 2.3kg, which is a huge improvement on the bulky originals.

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There are still a fair few things to sort before the bike is finally ready, but with time allowing should hopefully not be too time consuming: The bodywork needs to be finalised and shaped properly, and ideally a re-spray at some point. The engine needs to be looked at to see what state it is in. In theory it has not covered a huge amount of miles, but as are the nature of two strokes and it has been sitting in a garage for multiple years, there is bound to be something temperamental! Hopefully after all that has been done it’ll be ready for riding, just in time for the cold weather and gritted roads to set in. 27


Diary of a new rider

Now you may think this is bonkers, but I have just put a deposit on a brand new Triumph Tiger 800, and Ihaven’t even passed my Module 2 test yet. But you see I have a dream. A plan. And that is to complete my Direct Access and go on a European motorbike tour. Sandy Caulfield writes…


t all began when I met the Bear. I’d always had a love of bikes, but had never done anything about it. Into my life with the Bear came three glorious stepchildren and the most beautiful Suzuki GS X-R1000 you have ever seen. Gold and black – it was love at first sight. After a couple of months two-up on the Gixxer, we bought a Honda Pan European, which was heavenly as pillion, but which the Bear found uninspiring to ride. Next came the monster BMW GS Adventure. What fun! I was hooked… line and sinker. But me being an independent sort, I was never going to be satisfied for long with someone else holding those grips. Learning to ride was a very steep learning curve for me. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was at university, back in the days when you could stick a set of L plates on a 125 and go. I enjoyed about six months of this, then someone invented the CBT. At the time I had a Mini, and no money, so I gave up biking. I knew the 125 route wasn’t for me this time so I decided to do Direct Access. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a piece of cake – it isn’t. It requires a phenomenal amount of concentration, and the acquisition of a huge amount of knowledge and skills in a short space of time. The weather on my CBT was revolting. Although the morning was dry-ish, it poured with rain during my first time out on the road. On the day, there were four of us pupils, and two instructors, Allan and Ed. We began with all the lecture stuff. Then a lesson about the bike itself. Then finally we got on the bikes. Nobody had mentioned clutch control to me before, and it was so much harder than I thought. I had imagined that because you were on this big heavy machine, you had to yank it around, and I was wrong! When you drive a car it’s a cardinal sin to ride the clutch, but on a bike you’re SUPPOSED to. I had to concentrate really hard on being gentle, and found it difficult at first to coordinate both my hands and both my feet at the same time. They say you have to do something 17 times before it goes into your muscle memory and becomes automatic, so that you can do it without thinking. I’d say that’s about right, based on 28

this experience. Now, I can’t imagine what all the fuss was about, but back then I thought I’d NEVER get the hang of it. As the day went on, I got colder and colder and wetter and wetter, but I got my certificate, and that’s the main thing. On to phase two: the theory test. The most bizarre bit of the test was hazard perception. I found the driving clips, and the system of clicking when you see a hazard, bonkers. How does it know what you are clicking about? Still, I scored 50/50 on the theory questions, and 68/75 on hazard perception. Next stop, Module 1. I LOVED Module 1. I know that may sound strange, but once I had grasped the art of clutch control, handling the bike at low speeds was a doddle. Round and round I went. Chicane, figure of eight, slow ride, U-turn, chicane, figure of eight, slow ride, U-turn… I scored zero faults on my Module 1. Allan had prepared me well. Onwards, towards Module 2. As I continued to ride, the one thing I had consistently struggled with was my indicators. I was constantly forgetting to turn them off. We went round and round and round Burgess Hill, practising every tricky junction, learning where the unexpected speed limits were. And on the test itself, I forgot to turn off those bloody indicators. Allan had said to me: “If at any time the examiner says ‘Please turn off your indicators’, then it’s game over.” This happened after about five minutes, and I knew I was doomed. The examiner’s tone of voice changed to totally bored, but he put me through the remaining 40 minutes of the test anyway. Apart from the indicators, I had a good ride, with few minors. How frustrating. After two days of feeling sorry for myself, I finally texted Allan: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is for me to ride solo at the Cancervive charity bike ride in just a few weeks.” Allan accepted the challenge. Game on. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS It’s hard to describe how utterly gutted I was to fail my Module 2 for the second time. I think the examiner took a dislike to me from the very first moment. I had arrived in a dreadful hurry with only 10 minutes to go and was, to say the least, flustered. I had my jacket done up wrong and had to fiddle with it with October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

READER SCRIBES… shaking fingers, while he huffed and sighed.To add insult to injury, the weather was foul. The rain lashed down from start to finish, and the wind howled a gale, blowing me from side to side, and causing me to ride with some caution. Nevertheless, I actually thought I’d had quite a good ride. It was safe, and I didn’t commit any bloopers. My road positioning was good, I remembered all my lifesavers, my speed was correct, I did the pull-off correctly, and I remembered without exception to cancel those indicators that caused me to fail the first time. I expected one or two minors. I had hesitated before entering a congested roundabout because I wasn’t sure if I had a clear exit route. Then I saw that a van was waiting on a white line, thereby creating a gap. I was just about to let out the clutch when the examiner said: “You could have gone there, Sandy.” Like I wasn’t about to. He failed me for that! I defy anybody to say it would have been correct to go balling onto that roundabout without having a look first, but that’s exactly what he did. The other thing he failed me on was that he said I indicated too late when exiting a roundabout, which seems odd, because as far as I was concerned I was

doing it exactly as I had been taught, and my first examiner didn’t mention it at all. I hadn’t changed my riding style in two weeks. Nothing had changed. Which proved to me that the whole thing is totally subjective, and if they want to fail you they’ll come up with a reason and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. At 75 quid a pop it’s a scandal. They should be wearing stripy jumpers and masks. So anyway, I came out of the test centre and threw my teddy out of the pram. I said: “Right, that’s it, I quit!” My hubby looked at my instructor, and my instructor looked at my hubby, while I continued to rant on about how I didn’t want the Triumph Tiger 800 I’d already half paid for. There was no way I was going to retake. Proper tantrum it was. Someone suggested I should perhaps give it 48 hours before I made any decisions, but I was adamant that 48 hours wasn’t going to make any bloody difference. That was it. And I promptly burst into tears. Anyway, 48 hours later I came up with a plan for success… to be continued.

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Have you ever fancied a go at Green Laning, maybe fancy taking up enduro or motocross or simply just want to find out what all the fuss is about? Well here’s your chance to have a go without worrying about kit, bikes, fuel or instruction. It’s all part of the package. We have teamed up with Freestyle Training to offer an introduction to riding off road. Freestyle will be supplying the motorbikes, Husqvarnas TE310’s The day is limited to: 10 places, 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon The date is: Friday October 18th and will be on land in East Sussex Morning session: 9am-1pm Afternoon session: 1pm-5pm The course will cover correct throttle and clutch control, efficient braking, cornering and turns – and, if time and ability permits – descents, climbs, riding ruts and tackling obstacles such as tree trunks. 30

Having completed the course, you will be a lot more confident tackling conditions you may well come across on the road as well, such as gravel and mud. The session costs £120 and for this you get: A half day’s instruction in a small group of 5, all necessary off road kit, bike and fuel, teas and coffees, a fantastic South East Biker Goodie Bag!!

Places are strictly limited so book soon. Please email or call 01892 610808 for more information and bookings. This would make a great present as well so leave this page open in front of a loved one as a hint! Participants need to be over 18 and hold a full motorcycle licence. We reserve the right to change venue and times if conditions dictate. October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine

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2013 MOTORPOINT BRITISH SUPERSPORT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP We catch up on a local rider who we have followed over the last couple of years in the BSB series… Words and pictures: Sally Bly


aving scored points in every race to date during the 2013 season and importantly scoring four vital maximum points scoring wins to date Rainham`s Rob Guiver is adapting well to riding in the Motorpoint British Supersport Cup championship on the Ace Café / T3 Racing Triumph Supersport machine, this is Robs first season in this highly competitive Supersport class which hosts two races at each MCE British Superbike meeting The distinctly liveried white and black machine ridden by Rob this year along with the Ace Café hospitality area is a focal part of the support race paddock and is a popular meeting point for fans in the MCE British Superbike paddock this season. Rob had a superb double cup championship win at Cadwell Park on August Bank Holiday weekend, in 2012 Rob won both Triumph Triple Challenge races at this same circuit. Rob now leads the cup championship by 51 points from Jake Dixon who is unfortunately having to face time on the sidelines due to a scaphoid injury. With four rounds of the championship comprising eight races left until the end of the season taking place 32

at Donington Park, Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch Rob is currently in pole position to challenge for the cup championship to follow on from his emphatic Triumph Triple Challenge championship victory in 2012. The Donington Park round on 7th and 8th September saw Rob finish 4th in the cup standings in Saturdays 12 lap Sprint race scoring 13 Cup Championship points, he was set for a higher finish in Sundays longer feature race but along with two other riders fell, fortunately without injury at the very fast Craner Curves section of the circuit. The race was red flagged as it appeared that one of the machines had left fluid on the track surface which would appear to have caused Rob to fall so this was unfortunately not one of Robs happier race weekends this year as he hoped to build on his double Cup victory at Cadwell Park and increase his Championship lead with early season Championship leader Jake Dixon being absent at this round.. Rob still however does lead the Cup championship as follows with the final three meetings at Assen,Silverstone and Brands Hatch to come. 1. Rob Guiver 314 points 2 .Bjorn Estment 278 points 3. Jake Dixon 250 points 4. Jake Newstead 120 points Rob also now lies 20th in the main championship with 16 points. October-November 2013 • South East Biker Magazine


Situated in Edenbridge, Kent, we offer a wide range of quality bikes at affordable prices. JB Motorcycles pride ourselves for our courteous, honest service. Our customers appreciate the way we do business, and we know you will too. Whether you are purchasing a new or used bike, having your existing one repaired or serviced, we think you will find the buying experience at J B Motorcycles noticeably refreshingly different from all other retailers.

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South East Biker Events OCTOBER EVENTS

Oct 5/6 BMCRC Racing, Brands Hatch Oct 6 Oct 6 Oct 6 Oct 6

Oct 12 Oct 13 Oct 13

Oct 18 Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 20

Motocross, Sidcup & District MCC, Canada Heights Trials, Basingstoke MCC BSB, Donington Park

WSB, Magny-Cours, France Trials, Army MCA, Bovington

Brightona. Madeira Drive, Brighton MotoGP, Malaysia

South East Biker Off Road Taster Grass Track, Danebury Racing Club, Stockbridge BSB, Brands Hatch WSB, Jerez, Spain

MotoGP, Australia

Oct 27 Oct 27 Oct 27

Trials, Southampton & District MCC, Sherfield English

Trials, Basingstoke MCC, Newbury MotoGP, Japan

Oct 31 International Dirt Bike - Nov 3 Show, Stoneleigh Par


Hare & Hounds, Hampshire Police MCC, Bordon

Nov 10 MotoGP, Valencia

Nov 16 Trials, Ringwood MC, Ringwood

Nov 24 Trials, Barham District MC, Upper Harbledown

Nov 24 Hare & Hounds, Surrey Constabluary MCC, Bagshot Nov 24 Trials, Basingstoek MCC, Frilsham Quarry

PLEASE NOTE: we cannot be held responsible for the information provided on this page. Much of it is provided independently. We suggest you check details with the organisers before making commitments. Further details and contacts for some of these events can be found at For South East Biker Track Days contact:

If you have an event you would like listed then email: December/January entries to be in by 6th Nov 2013. Entries are limited to first come first in.


NEW BIKES Cooper BMW Motorrad Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3UE Tel: 0845 601 8593

New demo bikes available to try. Sales, Servicing, Clothing and parts.

John W Groombridge Motorcycles Mayfield Road Garage Cross in Hand, Heathfield East Sussex, TN21 0SP Tel: 01435 862466 E-mail:

Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Sym motobikes in stock. Large selection of clothing.

Haslemere Motorcycles

Petersfield Road, Whitehill, Hampshire GU35 9AR Sales: 01420 488290 Main Suzuki, Yamaha dealer with good quality used motorcycles and Harleys. Test ride the new GSXR600 or try some of our great 125’s on sale.

Kent Motorcycles

Dover Road (A2), CT4 6SA Tel: 01227 832601

Everything Honda, New demo’s available to test ride, CBF 125, CBR 250 and VFR. MOT’s, Servicing, Clothing and Accessories.


JAM Sport Motorcycles

Helmet City

43 The Street, Wrecclesham Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4QS Tel: 01252 718606

Waylands Farm, Tatsfield, TN16 2JT Tel: 01959 577911 Email:

SALES, SERVICE, REPAIRS, SPARE PARTS and MOT’S Stockists in Enduro, Trials, MotorX and quality used bikes

Phoenix Motorcycles

3a Beeching Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN39 3LG Tel: 01424 225224 Quality used bikes available, MOT’s, Servicing, Parts and Accessories

SERVICING Kingston Motorcycle Centre Tel: 0208 549 5335

Servicing, MOT’s, Race-Track Prep and repairs.

Fastlane Motorcycles 88 Priory Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2AH Tel: 01732 363630 Email: We have a wide range of Used bikes, Clothing, Servicing, MOT’s, Parts,Track and Race preparation.


J. S. Gedge (Honda)

290 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7QE Tel: 01372 225100

Large range of Helmets, clothing and accessories in stock. Outlets in Chichester and Dorset.

TRAINING Sussex Motorbikes Tyres, Servicing, MOTs, Repairs, Sales & Training CBT, DAS, ERS with bike and kit hire available. We are an established training centre that can take you from CBT to advanced training.

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Call us now on 01342 890006


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Email: We specialise in quality used motorcycles and are Kent’s leading motorcycle trials specialists.


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27A Heaver Trading Estate, Ash, Kent TN15 7HJ Tel: 07977 874075 Seat modifications, Gel pads, re-covering and embroidery

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Here is your quick guide to biker resting points throughout our region. If you wish to advertise your business here to 1000s of bikers then call Debbie on 01892 610808 or email:

Ryka’s Café

Kent Motorcycles H’s Café

Mickleham , Box Hill, Dorking, Su rrey. RH5 6B Y Tel: 01306 88 4454

Dover Road (A2), CT4 6SA Tel: 01227 832601

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Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 3:30pm Sat 7:30am - 5pm 8am to 4pm Sun il 9.30pm Wed is Bike night open unt

The Bell Inn

The Pied B ull

Outwood, RH1 5PN

High Stree t Farningha m Kent. DA4 0DG Tel: 01322 862125 Bike

s welcome, good food and good company.

Loomies Café West Meon, GU32 1JX


Station Road, n Café Alton, GU Tel: 01420 8220 34 2PZ 5 Op ening Mon-Sat 6:30am- hours: 3p Late night: Sta m. Closed Sun. rts en Wednesdays 5p d March Take away servi m-9pm. Try one of our ce available. great money quality value for meals.

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Wessons Café

High Street, Horam, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0ER Tel: 01435 813999

Home of the MAMA Burger Eat In or Takeaway Welcome Now Open 7 Days A Week Mon-Fri 7am To 4pm Sat & Sun 9am To 4pm (Inc, Bank Hols)

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The Harrow Inn

Harrow Road, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7JT

Six Bells

Chiddingly, BN8 6HT

Tel: 01959-532168 Extensive menu, great value with stylish restaurant. Wednesday is Bike night with special events.

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We are a small but busy workshop near Brands Hatch supplying and fitting gel pads, memory foam and standard vinyls. We have a full range of faux (fake) and genuine skins. If your seat needs recovering, is uncomfortable or too high or wide, Viking Motorcycle Seats have the solution. How about some customised embroidery? We offer a complete, bespoke service to make your bike unique. While you wait service available.

NEW PRODUCT: HEATED SEATS We now supply and fit the fantastic BRAD PADS, heated seat elements to keep you warm all year. These can be inserted into your seat at the same time as a rebuild. A very simple connection to the battery is supplied and the pads come with two settings. Price is just £75 or £95 including wiring into bike.

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Visit: Email:, or pop in and see us at: 27a Heaver Trading Estate, Ash Road, Ash, Kent. TN15 7HK 30 years experience • Quality craftmanship • All work guaranteed


South East Biker October-November 2013, Issue 29  

The South East of England's No.1 Free bike magazine for all types of biking enthusiast.

South East Biker October-November 2013, Issue 29  

The South East of England's No.1 Free bike magazine for all types of biking enthusiast.